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The Oak is an online newsletter-website for sharing content among the Arts and Sciences Community of the SCA Kingdom of Atlantia. Our focus is pre-1600CE era history from all around the world. Contributions are welcome from anyone supporting the Society for Creative Anachronism. Please see the Contributions Guidelines for details.

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  • Topkapi Palace: The Sultan Costume Collection Exhibit
    by Lady Sof’ia Dolgorukaia On a recent visit to Istanbul, Turkey, I visited the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th Century. The Palace had an exhibit “The Sultan Costume Collection.” The exhibit included extant clothing worn by the Sultans, their wives, and their children.  Below are some photos…
  • On the Road
    by Herrin Clara Hutmacher Herrin Clara is a Pearl of diverse arts living in the “shire of wonders,” Roxbury Mill. She is mostly known for making large late-period German hats. A cinquain for the “anything but a haiku” challenge. Examples of cinquains can be found in many European languages, and the origin of the form…
  • Wax Tablets: Period and Modern Constructions
    By Sir Odde ap Tam I first encountered wax tablets at an event in Atlantia where there was a merchant selling them.  I became enamored of the idea and after a very brief amount of research, realized how useful, practical, and prevalent they were throughout history.  I’ve made several wax tablets over the years, usually…
  • A Period Laurel Ceremony: Adapting the Laurel Ceremony of Francesco Petrarca
    By Dame Deirdre O’Siodhachain This article originally appeared in The Oak #13. It is has been edited and updated by the author. “There are, of course, ambitions that are wholly selfish, but no one would contend that the poet’s desire for fame is necessarily of this nature. The laurel is a world-old symbol of victory,…
  • Poetry Challenge: Anything But a Haiku
    For our second Summer Poetry Challenge, the Poeta Atlantia challenged Atlantians to write poetry that was NOT a haiku. Below are some submitted poems. Travelling North to Pennsic by Lord Aleksandr Tomasovic of the Barony of Hawkwood About the author: Hello! My name is Lord Aleksandr Tomasovic, and I am a 13th Century Kievan Rus…
  • Trade Route to Table: Tracing the Origins of Cooking Spices
    by Doña Mariana Ruiz de Medina The below paper was written for Cultura Atlantia at the Coronation of Afshin and Yasmine. If you have any questions on my work, please feel free to check out my website at www.marianaruizdemedina.com. Trade Route to Table: The Origin of Cooking Spices Objective For previous projects, I have developed…

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